No. 22 WR Beats No. 18 Badgers in Finale
Feb. 18, 2018

Results / Highlights

No. 22 Purdue closed out the dual season with a 25-15 upset of No. 18 Wisconsin at the UW Field House on Sunday. Griffin Parriott’s pin and a shutout major decision by No. 18 Luke Welch highlighted the Boilermakers’ seven wins. They finish the season with an overall dual record of 9-7 and 3-6 in the Big Ten Conference, while handing the Badgers (7-4, 4-4 B1G) their second loss of the weekend and their regular season finale.

Parriott avenged an Andrew Crone pin from the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Collegiate Wrestling Invitational with a pin of his own, sticking the 14th-ranked Badger at 3:17 in the dual’s very first match at 157 pounds. Parriott held a 5-2 advantage after a high-action first period that saw him take Crone down twice.

“Even though I got pinned the last time we wrestled, that match gave me a lot of confidence,” Parriott said. “After that match I told my dad that I would beat him [Crone] the next time because I got caught in a scramble. Coach [Jake] Sueflohn told me I needed to create action, and with my athleticism, I would win those 50/50 situations.

“I was surprised he [Crone] shot right away and that created a scramble. I was able to come out on top in both of those flurries in the first period.”

Crone was trying to escape to start the second frame as Parriott held his left leg. The redshirt freshman came around and flipped Crone over the top, to his shoulders, then to his back for the fall. The pin is the fourth of the season for Parriott as he picked up his 14th win and his first over a ranked opponent.

“This win is a momentum booster going into Big Tens,” the New Prague, Minnesota native said. “Mentally, this is the biggest thing for me since I have had some setbacks this season. I was questioning myself and now I’ve pinned a guy that has beaten top-five guys.”

At 125 pounds, Welch returned to Welch form, blanking Johnny Jimenez out 11-0. The redshirt senior came out on a mission in the regular season finale, taking Jimenez down quickly and earning swipes on two occasions for a 6-0 edge. Welch added another takedown in the third, received a pair of penalty points for Jimenez stalling and racked up 2:02 of riding time.

Welch lifted his season record to 25-7, while also closing out his dual career at 35-18.

Purdue followed with a pair of decisions in rematches at 133 and 141. Ben Thornton (25-8) notched his second win of the season over Jens Lantz 7-3. Thornton, a native of nearby Stoddard, had takedowns in the first and third frames, along with a reversal in the third for the win.

No. 15 Nate Limmex avenged a 6-3 loss to Eli Stickley with a dramatic late takedown for a 6-4 win that secured the dual for the Boilermakers. Limmex trailed 4-3 with 21 seconds remaining when he got the winning takedown. His 1:10 of riding time earned him the extra point, pushing the redshirt sophomore’s record to 23-12.

No. 12 Dylan Lydy (174), Christian Brunner (197) and No. 17 Shawn Streck (285) all turned in decisions to contribute to the Boilermakers’ victory.

The postseason awaits Purdue. They will spend close to two weeks preparing for the Big Ten Championships that will be held March 3 and 4 at Michigan State’s Breslin Center.



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